Golden Duo: Mental and Physical Exercise

The usage of physical exercise in conjunction with BrainHQ brain training increases your chances of increasing cognitive functions within parameters, including time of exercise and style of exercise. Interestingly, differences between exercise styles, such as opting for cycling over running, is associated with an enhanced brain function during and after working out. Ballroom dancing, an activity with both physical and mental demands has had a higher impact on cognitive functioning over exercise or mental tasks alone, indicating that the best brain health workouts involve those that integrate different parts of the brain such as coordination, rhythm, and strategy.
Tips for Choosing The Right Physical Exercise
-In general, anything that is good for your heart is great for your brain.
-Aerobic exercise is great for body and brain: not only does it improve brain function, but it also acts as a “first aid kit” on damaged brain cells.
-Exercising in the morning before going to work not only spikes brain activity and prepares you for mental stresses for the rest of the day, but also produces increases retention of new information, and better reaction to complex situations.
-When looking to change up your work out, look for an activity that incorporates coordination along with cardiovascular exercise, such as a dance class.
-If you like crunching time at the gym alone, opt for circuit work outs, which both quickly spike your heart rate, but also constantly redirect your attention.
-Hitting a wall or mentally exhausted? Doing a few jumping jacks might reboot your brain.






Wine and Champagne Protect Brain Cells

While too much alcohol can certainly destroy healthy brain tissue, drinking in moderation may be good for your mind.
A study published earlier this year in the Journal of Biological Chemistry found that the antioxidant EGCG—found in red wine and green tea—helped stop beta-amyloid proteins from harming brain cells in the lab. Additionally, research from UCLA found that wine’s antioxidants may block proteins that build brain-destroying plaques. In other recent news, British researchers discovered that rats improved spatial memory when they consumed what would be the equivalent of a daily glass of Champagne; certain antioxidants in the bubbly may encourage growth of and better communication among nerve cells.






Spark Your Brain with High Tyrosine Proteins!

Your brain doesn’t just have neurons, but also neurotransmitters, which are messengers that bring brain signals from one neuron to the next one. Your brain structure might be good, but if your neurotransmitters are insufficient, your brain won’t work right. Some parts of the neurotransmitters, like the tryptophan, are not able to be made by your body. Thus, you must consume food to get them. However, the body can make tyrosine, but you still need to get the proper foods into your diet.
The greatest sources of food to boost your alertness, concentration, and energy are:
-Dairy products
-Eggs
-Seafood
-Soy






How to Keep Your Brain Fit

The more you challenge your brain, the more new nerve pathways you form. A mini-industry of brain teasers, puzzles and computer games has sprung up to help worried baby boomers do just that. But you can give your brain a good workout with just a few modifications in your daily life.
Some of the niftiest are “neurobics” — a term popularized by the late neurobiologist Lawrence Katz for engaging different parts of the brain to do familiar tasks. Try brushing your teeth or dialing the phone with your non-dominant hand. Theoretically, that can strengthen the pathways in the opposite side of your brain.
Since much of the brain is devoted to processing sensory input, Dr. Katz also suggested involving more of your senses in everyday activities — such as showering or eating dinner with your eyes closed.
Activities that challenge your brain on many levels, such as learning how to play a musical instrument or speak a new language, provide great stimulation. So do games like chess, bridge and Stratego that require you to strategize and interact socially at the same time.
Also getting sufficient sleep is also crucial. Untreated sleep apnea can be very detrimental to memory; age-related declines in testosterone and estrogen also interfere with sleep.
Finally exercise is emerging as an extremely valuable way to enhance brain health.